Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Looks & Life Lately {10}

It's been a while for a little looks & life update.  Before Thanksgiving while.  We are right in the height of the holiday season and I couldn't be enjoying it more.  We are embracing this season but also embracing slowing down a bit and just "enjoying".

Last week, We met up with my parents and brother at the mall for a little holiday shopping and a little holiday eating.  Plus a late night trip to Target for the two of us - you have to love it when it's quiet.

top: similar style / scarf: here / leopard purse: similar style

When your mom's wine glass is empty, you share yours! 

Some nights it's easier to just run around the corner and have someone else make you dinner while you enjoy a delicious beverage and a date night with your husband.

derek's pullover: here

It's never too soon to start the festive dressing {top: similar style / scarf: look alike }

Making my family's famous "Christmas Cheer" drink recipe.  It's half alcoholic beverages, half juices and so so good.  We made ours just before Thanksgiving and it takes a couple weeks to sit so these batches will be ready for consumption this weekend! {We somehow only put in half the juice and had to fix it once we realized}.

top: here

How cute are these two buddies?! Love walking out of my office to find them taking a break together. 

Cleaning day - how I love/hate at the same time.  We tidy up all the time but do a full/deep house clean about every 2-3 weeks and I love the feeling when it's done.  It takes two hours or so, so I really love when it's out of the way.

A surprise holiday bouquet to add some spirit to our kitchen which I'm still enjoying.  I love the touch of seasonal flowers.

Our annual "Tuesday before Thanksgiving" shopping trip was a hit like usual.  This was our ninth year doing it - we started when I was a freshman in college and home for Thanksgiving break.  It never disappoints.

top: here / scarf: here

The mall decorations never disappoint either.  Everywhere you look at King of Prussia there is a gorgeous, festive sight to see.

Hot pink and navy blue - one of my favorite fashion combos.  I keep most of my Penn State gear up at our State College house so this is usually a go to for local events like the hockey matchup in Philly.

top: here vest: here loafers: look-alikes

When we got home from being away for Thanksgiving weekend, Derek surprised me with tickets to The Nutcracker - we're going next week! I'd been hinting that I wanted to do since I was in a local production a few years growing up.

candy cane ornaments: here

This top is one of my favorite easy go-to's.  Comfy, cute and you can't beat leopard. 

top: similar style (and possibly even more comfortable)

It took us a couple days (before and after Thanksgiving) to get the house decorated and the tree ornaments were last to go but we got it done.

ornaments: target, in store {I just found the glittery/gold merry, joy, noel, ornaments from our gold tree here}

It's never too early to start prepping for spring, right?! Lilly always has the cutest patterns in the winter that I know won't be there come spring.

shirt on top: here
The weekend after Thanksgiving our little Stella turned one! It's hard to believe at the end of January that we'll have had her a year - I almost can't remember life without her.  Anyway my family came over for pizza and I made a little doggie cake for her and Nash (recipe to come after the holidays) and we gave her some holiday toys to tear up during the holiday season. 

Feeling fall {sweater - similar style / scarf - similar style, I might like this one better }

 Thanksgiving baking all over the kitchen.  Chocolate pretzels, snicker doodles, peanut butter cup cookies - we had baking supplies everywhere.

And just because what's a looks & life without Stella - playing with her larder than her toy puppy, enjoying her first cheeseburger during a road trip and always the last one to get up in the morning.

**The winner of the Lilly Pulitzer Giveaway is Owen Davis!  Congratulations, Owen and a big thank you to everyone that entered.**

Linking up with Jenn & Jessi for "What's Hap-pinning Wednesday"


  1. Love your pretty scarves and that pink vest is fabulous!

  2. Loving all of your holiday looks, and fun pops of color! How exciting about getting to see The Nutcracker! Love when the hubs pick up on our hints! :)

  3. Stella is just too cute and clearly in the holiday spirit and I agree sometimes it is easier to have someone else do the cooking for you! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Love, love that leopard top!! I think I need to get that for post-baby! ;) We (cough, cough, I) do a good deep clean on Wednesdays when Walker is at Mother's Day Out and feel the same: it's awesome when you're done but man it's a pain while you're doing it! Ha!

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  6. Still loving that you get to bring your dog to work! Roxy is super jealous lol! And yesssss to Target shopping when it's nice and quiet... love those days! <3

    Green Fashionista

  7. Yay for Nutcracker tickets!! I still feel like that needs to be on my list of things to do this season... Good work Derek!!

  8. stella is so so cute. yay for the nutcracker tickets! i love that ballet! who doesn't love shopping with momma? so fun!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  9. Stella is the cutest!! :-) Yay for the Nutcracker, that sounds fun. I remember going to see that in NY many moons ago haha. Love your plaid scarves and I also love navy and bright pink together! :-)

  10. You guys have been up to a lot of fun! You and your mom are the cutest - I wanna hang out with you guys lol

  11. I love the look of the LP Elsa tops...they are so cute! Also, so true that you can't beat leopard...its my favorite haha!

  12. I love that you and your Mom do an annual shopping trip as well. Ours is always the first weekend in December. We include all of my aunts and cousins, so we usually have around 12 of us women that go. Fun times for sure! :)

  13. Love all the looks...especially all the scarves! That leopard top is so classic, love the look! And the hot pink vest with blue checked top...super cute!

  14. Happy birthday to Stella!! That's so nice Derek got you tickets to the Nutcracker!! Hope y'all love it :)

  15. That is so sweet that you and your mom have a shopping tradition… what a fun idea! SO EXCITED that I won the giveaway! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Xoxo

  16. Ooooh I love the Nutcracker, too! It's been one of my favorites since I was little. Brian and I went to see it in NYC three years ago and it was my favorite rendition to date. I hope you guys enjoy!

  17. Awe, so many good things going on for you right now! I love that your hubby surprised you with tickets to the Nutcracker, how sweet and fun!

  18. You've had lots of fun over the last few weeks! That was so sweet of Derek to buy you tickets! Have fun!

  19. I love that you and your mom plan a shopping trip! Stella is so cute (and possibly very spoiled, haha...)! Any cahnce that you'll someday share that Christmas Cheer recipe??? :)

  20. I love all your scarves-so pretty! So sweet your hubby surprised you with Nutcracker tickets-hope you have a great time! :)

  21. I love your outfits and also that you get a lot of "mom and me" quality time. Enjoy your Christmas cheer cocktail this weekend!

  22. I'm loving all of your plaid scarves! So cute and so festive! It looks like Stella really enjoyed her birthday and loved all of her new toys and treats!

  23. Mama times, wine, décor, pup snuggles AND Lilly? Um yes please! Thanks for joining in on the link up! xo

  24. What a great wrap up with lots of mama time, husband time, wine, shopping, and puppy time! Looks like a ton of fun! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

  25. i love those target ornaments, i bought the same, great minds;)